Ottawa, ON, February 28, 2018 – Calian Group Ltd. (TSX: CGY) is pleased to announce three executive leadership appointments in support of the company’s long-term growth strategy.
The appointments are Jerry Johnston as Chief Information Officer, Lynn Stevens as Chief Human Resources Officer and Donald Whitty as Vice President, Training.
“I am very pleased to announce these appointments. Calian continues to review our corporate structure to ensure we maintain and develop a strong foundation,” stated Kevin Ford, President and CEO of Calian. “Jerry’s role as CIO is to embrace risk management, process management and technology as growth enablers. We are very excited to have Lynn as our new Chief Human Resources Officer, whose appointment comes as we execute a critical talent management strategy supporting our long-term objectives. I am also thrilled to bring aboard Don, our new Vice President, Training, who joins Calian with broad experience as well as a real passion for the evolution and innovation currently taking place in training.”
Jerry Johnston, CIO
Jerry has over 35 years of experience in management at Calian and other high-tech companies in the Ottawa region. Since joining Calian in 1992, he has held a number of leadership positions, including Director of Engineering, Vice President, Outsourcing, Vice President, Operations and Vice President, Training. Each of these roles required a focus on performance excellence, customer satisfaction, and service offering evolution. As CIO, Jerry will bring this same focus to Calian Group Ltd. by appropriately integrating enterprise risk management, process management and information technology. These enablers will allow Calian to achieve growth targets while maintaining its reputation for delivery excellence. Currently Vice President, Training, Jerry assumed the additional role of CIO in November 2017. With the addition of Don Whitty to Calian’s executive leadership team effective February 26, 2018, Jerry will effect a transition of the VP Training position through March, with Don taking full responsibility for the role effective April 1, 2018.
Lynn Stevens, Chief Human Resources Officer
At the heart of Calian’s long-term growth is its employees. Lynn, working with the HR team, is responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy in support of Calian’s overall business plans and strategic direction. Lynn will leverage best practices in the development of Calian employees while providing a focal point for the integration of employees from future acquisitions. Her strong strategic leadership will support the communication of HR needs and plans to the executive leadership team and the translation of those needs into specific actions, with positive impacts for Calian team members. Prior to Lynn’s appointment as Chief Human Resources Officer, she was BTS division Vice President of Human Resources; her prior role at BTS will not be replaced. Before joining Calian, Lynn held senior-level HR roles at Thermo Fisher Scientific, Amdocs (formerly Solect Technology Group) and Corel Corporation. Lynn’s appointment was effective February 7, 2018.
Donald Whitty, Vice President, Training
Don is a Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) with a passion for learning and development. He brings learning industry expertise from the national and international levels and has the business acumen required to achieve growth targets. Don joins Calian with broad experience and understands the learning and development landscape beyond the company’s current markets. He has run programs for pharma, technology, telecom and oil and gas, and has large private enterprise experience having worked on the learning programs of many Fortune 500 clients. Throughout his career, Don has undertaken visiting faculty engagements at universities in Canada, the United States and Ireland, and has conducted research on next-generation learning approaches including gamification, augmented reality and multimedia. Don was CEO of Mosaic Technologies before serving as Director of Information and Knowledge Management for Suncor Energy from 2009 to 2015, and then Chief Learning Strategist for Tata Interactive Systems until the end of 2017.